Car Wash News - A Birdseye Report
You may have noticed that work has now begun on the construction of a car wash facility in the central car park at the back of the Physic Garden. This was almost inevitable once planning permission had been granted despite the undoubted shortcomings of the planning process.
Many of you shared our concerns about the loss of tranquillity in the Garden and we much appreciate your support in writing to object to the siting of the carwash. We have been fortunate in having the support of Counsellor David McKinney who has been acting on our behalf. He met with the EHDC Planning Committee and Council Officers and secured an important amendment to the licence.
Essentially the car wash will be subject to a Noise Mitigation order which means that the noise must be controlled down to an acceptable level. This will be achieved by an acoustic screen surrounding the car wash and the use of radios will be banned. Furthermore the operating licence is for just two years initially giving the council the opportunity to refuse renewal later if these conditions are not met.
Once the car wash is operational it will be important to report any divergence from these restrictions. We would be grateful for any assistance in monitoring and recording these should they arise.